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Headteacher: Mr T. McGuinness

Modern Foreign Languages

Introduction

The ability to understand and communicate in another language is a lifelong skill for education, employment and leisure in this country and throughout the world. Learning languages gives pupils opportunities to develop their skills and to express themselves with increasing confidence, independence and creativity. It also supports the development of literacy skills in a pupil’s own language.

This is a successful department, currently offering Spanish and French. We use a range of activities to cater for pupils of all abilities.

Staff
  • Mrs G Durán Nevado - Head of Department
  • Miss M Reason
  • Mr B Chorley - Deputy Head
  • Mr B Bradley - Assistant Head SENCO

Teaching focuses on developing the breadth and depth of pupils’ competence in listening, speaking, reading and writing, based on a sound foundation of core grammar and vocabulary. It enables pupils to understand and communicate personal and factual information, developing and justifying points of view in speech and writing, with increased spontaneity, independence and accuracy.

All Saints Catholic High School offers two modern languages – French and Spanish. Year 7 groups entering the school will now study Spanish.

At the end of year 9, pupils may choose to continue with the language they have been learning or even take up the other language to study for GCSE.

In years 10 and 11 numbers vary according to pupil option choices, but we try to keep classes as small as possible in order to maximise learning potential. A GCSE in a foreign language is highly regarded and is extremely desirable for pupils moving on to higher education.

At Key Stage Four, pupils follow the AQA specification. This consists of controlled assessments and examinations, the results of which provide the overall GCSE grade. (Currently 60% controlled assessments and 40% final examination.)